The Role Of Dna Analyst On The Rights Of The Defendant

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The goals of science are to make sure that the goods and services they provide are of value to the community, enhance knowledge, discredit false information or beliefs, and most importantly to keep a record through documentation so that others can benefit from the knowledge obtained as well (1). The role of the DNA analyst is also, in part, to protect the rights of the defendant. The DNA analyst contributes to the trial process in that their job is to analyze evidence, according to set guidelines and procedures can sway jurors or a judge. The results from the analyst’s analysis can be entered into the court in compliance with the defendant’s right to view the evidence, a process called discovery. When they testify, they are in compliance with the defendant’s right to confront their accusers. The right to a fair trial conducted in a competent manner, right to be present at trial, right to an impartial jury, and right to be heard in one’s own defense is a part of the defendant’s right to due process. Discovery is as defined in Butler 2012 is the legal process whereby information and materials relating to the prosecution of a defendant in an upcoming trial are shared between the prosecution team, for instance, law enforcement, crime laboratory, prosecuting attorney, and the defense counsel (1). The guidelines of discovery are outlined by the laws of the federal and state governments. The prosecution must share every element of their case against the defendant with the

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